After three LPs and a clutch of 45s, Southern Indiana’s Apache Dropout have loosened an adherence to the divine mono sound and forged a scaly stereo technique for HEAVY WINDOW This is a deeper, blown out swagger of peer-less rock ‘n’ roll filtered through a lush three-dimensional spectrum These 11 songs hoist Sonny Blood as one of today’s finest guitarist/writers stewed in the melodic tonic of Sir Winston & The Commons and his own fug’ed ‘n’ frenzied, black-out solos. Overdubbed and bounced between tracks until saturation set in, Sonny’s fuzz drenches the caveman rhythms into a timeless sound poetry smacking onto our suffering, circumstance and flesh. Yet this trio’s songs about conspiracies, revolutionaries and paranoia remain maverick, compact pop songs tethered to a chorus and groove.
John Dawson recorded this album at the Bloomington, Indiana studio during fall 2013.
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Gritty, barely-produced garage rock is best when it sounds loose and thrown off, a la Jay Reatard’s one minute half-songs, but there’s something about Apache Dropout’s set up that makes them sound like the world’s tightest performers, structuring their songs so immaculately that even their balls-out cadences sound like they’ve been scribbled down on a note-pad beforehand.
It’s not a bad thing, though: they constantly deliver quick-fire guitar jams with the exact amount of verses and choruses you’d expect a guitar band to know exist. They split them up with grainy spoken word snippets that sound like they’ve been found through some sort of Random Sample Generator and then continue to snarl and howl their way through songs with unsurprising but headbang-able bridges, neo-psych sound effects and liquified bass. The stakes are low, but the effort is appreciated: ‘Heavy Window’ is garage rock that promises, hand over heart, to be garage rock.
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